When surf and turf first appeared on menus, hungry diners could finally answer the question "Would you like meat or fish?" with an emphatic "I'll have both!" The simple rhyme, the hefty price, and the sight of a waiter tottering under the weight of a thick steak and steaming lobster all added up to the ultimate dining experience.
But everything's more casual at the beach, and versions of surf and turf began showing up at seafood dives as bulging baskets of Gulf shrimp with chicken fingers, or piles of crispy fried oysters with a juicy burger on the side. Our pairings revitalize this old favorite while staying true to traditional surf and turf. All marry seafood with beef, but we rubbed a tenderloin with earthy herbs, spiked a seafood marinade with ginger, and tossed together a tangy pasta salad to elevate the traditional entrée to sublime fare.
When preparing a meal with fish and meat, timing is everything, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Mix tuna into the pasta while the Brie Burgers cook. Let the tender shrimp kebabs take their turn on the grill while the flank steak rests. And pull your favorite person into the kitchen to keep an eye on the beef tenderloin while you stir lobster into the silky risotto.
Save these recipes for the next time you're feeling a little indulgent. Surf and turf provides the chance to enjoy your favorite foods―and maybe even slip some seafood past your landlubber friends. It delivers delicious flavors, poetically rendered, with just the right touch of extravagance.